CFT 2024: The Social Production of Capital, Inequality, and Labor in Tamil Nadu

May 23-25, 2024

This year’s Chicago Tamil Forum puts focus on political economy in Tamil Nadu, taking up topics such as neoliberal nationalism as a form of normative reason, discursive histories of equity and social welfare, urbanity/cosmopolitanism, and intersections of class and caste. Organized by Victoria Gross.

May 23, 2024

5pm, Keynote Lecture, Sara Dickey (Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Bowdoin College) ““Urban Hindu Nadars, Disjunctive Identities, and the Class-Caste Nexus” (Foster 103, The Steven Collins Memorial Seminar Room).

May 24–25, 2024 

Discussion of workshop papers by:

  • Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology at CUNY
  • M. Vijayabaskar, Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies
  • A. Kalaiyarasan, Assistant Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies
  • Matthew Baxter, Regional Programs Manager at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science by Courtesy Appointment at Syracuse University
  • Smruthi Bala Kannan, Postdoctoral Scholar of Public Health Sciences at the University of Chicago
  • Nandini Hebbar, PhD, Delhi School of Economics
  • Victoria Gross, Assistant Director and Assistant Senior Instructional Professor,
    Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago

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